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Sources: LI Bus may be saved

MTA customers board the N72 Long Island Bus

MTA customers board the N72 Long Island Bus at the Rosa Parks Bus Terminal in Hempstead, NY. (July 19, 2010) Credit: KEVIN P. COUGHLIN

While the MTA does  not plan to set any money aside to fund Long Island Bus in the future, agency officials may be willing to keep the system moving temporarily if Nassau County shows a commitment to stepping up its financial support for the ailing bus company, transit sources said Tuesday. 

Newsday reported Monday that the MTA intends to withdraw all financial support from Long Island Bus in its 2011 budget. Without the $40 million that the MTA usually kicks in - roughly a third of LI Bus' budget after fare revenue - experts say the system could afford to maintain only sparse service, or it could cease to exist altogether.

But, things may be looking up for riders across Long Island ...

>> Read Alfonso Castillo's full story

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